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DENSO Takes Increased Safety Measures Across North America Facilities

The safety of our employees is our top concern as we navigate this global health pandemic. As the COVID-19 crisis continues across our region, DENSO’s NA Safety Health & Environment (SHE) group is taking a coordinated approach to help protect employees and minimize risk while meeting critical customer needs. DENSO will continue to adjust its approach and implement measures to help keep employees safe.

Government Orders and Meeting Customer Commitments 

Many government entities in the U.S, Canada and Mexico where DENSO operates have issued shelter-in-place orders, or similar mandates. Accordingly, DENSO production facilities have been mostly inactive since March 23, and the company has encouraged employees to stay home and work remotely, if possible.

At the same time, first responders, health care providers, and the public, still need reliable transportation and access to parts if vehicles break down. Our communities still need transportation to get essentials like groceries and medical care.

To meet these needs, and in compliance with government mandates, some DENSO locations will continue to produce products deemed essential under local government requirements, such as aftermarket and service parts. This production primarily involves employees who volunteer to support the activity and features a reduced number of active assembly lines.

The company does not perform essential production to increase sales, but to support society in a time of crisis and ensure essential parts are available to all.

Employee Safety: Increased Precautions

DENSO has implemented strict safety measures across its facilities to help minimize risk for essential employees who continue to work onsite.

These include practicing social distancing, per CDC guidelines; screening employees prior to entry; increasing disinfection schedules; broadening the use of personal protective equipment; and more.

During the COVID-19 crisis, DENSO will continue to put safety first as we respect and support our employees, serve our customers, and positively contribute to a stronger society. As a company, we believe that, together, we can navigate the challenges ahead.

DENSO will share more updates as they develop. To see DENSO’s previous COVID-19 updates, go here.

 

How we’re fighting COVID-19 in our communities

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (April 17, 2020) – DENSO is working on many efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis across the North American region. First, DENSO’s philanthropic arm, DENSO North America Foundation, is donating to organizations across the North American region, where we operate, to help in their efforts to battle this pandemic. DENSO has always been committed to supporting the places we call home, and these grant recipients will be announced after they have all been notified.

A few weeks ago, we’ve also created a COVID-19 Cross-functional Community Contribution Task Force which will focus on:

  1. Providing community donations through the DENSO North America Foundation
  2. Providing in-kind donations, which include personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needed supplies from DENSO inventories to frontline health workers
  3. Manufacturing PPE, such as face shields
  4. Collaborating and supporting OEM and partners to manufacture medical equipment components
  5. Sharing our engineering, manufacturing and business expertise with other organization to help battle COVID-19.

“We feel called upon to support our communities and those working so hard to protect us,” said DENSO’s North American CEO and Executive Officer Kenichiro Ito. “We’re grateful and hope our small contributions help improve the greater good. With our advanced manufacturing network and strong community ties, we’ll continue to look to use these assets to try to help as many people as possible.”

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve:

  • Donated nearly 2,000 N95 masks, 2000 surgical masks and over 1000 nitro gloves to hospitals in Michigan and North Carolina
  • Started manufacturing and distributing thousands of face shields to protect local healthcare workers in Maryville, Tenn., and elsewhere
  • In Canada, an employee of DENSO’s Guelph, Ontario, facility answered InkSmith’s call for people to 3D-print face shield components and is sending them to the company for assembly and donation to Canadian hospitals
  • Began manufacturing components to help our customers COVID-19 efforts
  • Collaborated with our customers and our supply chain to identify areas we can support and began implementing
  • Joined a D-Wave project to give free access to a quantum computing systems that could facilitate medical breakthroughs to combat COVID-19

DENSO’s cross-functional task force team and other teams are currently working and executing activities to help combat and mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. While we may not share all activities, as they are collaboration projects with partners, we will share some of these activities and the DENSO Spirit actions our associates are taking to make a difference during this difficult time.

To see all DENSO’s COVID-19 updates, click here.

 

 

 

April 1: DENSO in Maryville to Produce Thousands of Face Shields for Tennessee Health Care Workers; DENSO Canada Employee 3D-Prints Face Shields at Home

SOUTHFELD, Mich. (April 1, 2020) – As the world continues to face this unprecedented health crisis, DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee, facility is manufacturing thousands of face shields to help protect local health care workers responding to COVID-19. In Canada, an employee of DENSO’s Guelph, Ontario, facility answered InkSmith’s public call for people to 3D-print face shield components from home, and is sending them to the company for assembly and donation to Canadian hospitals.

“Every day DENSO is seeking new ways we can support the fight against COVID-19 in our communities across North America,” said Kenichiro Ito, executive officer of DENSO Corporation and chief executive officer of DENSO’s North American headquarters. “We have the resources and manufacturing ability to quickly produce some of the protective gear that is so critical right now. Words cannot express our gratitude to the front-line workers responding to this pandemic, but we will do our best to protect them while they risk their lives saving others.”

Within three days, DENSO’s employees in Maryville designed, modified, produced and donated 30 prototype face shields to Blount Memorial Hospital. The Maryville facility is now ramping up production to maximize the number of shields it can produce to help with medical equipment shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Mansfield, a section leader at DENSO’s Guelph facility and the employee 3D-printing face shield components, expects to deliver InkSmith 50 sets of face shield components every two days. DENSO in Guelph has also donated 500 surgical masks to local paramedics and 1,500 surgical masks to Guelph General Hospital, with support from Health and Safety Specialist Victoria McShannon.

“This is DENSO spirit at its finest and fastest,” said Mark Moses, Director, Intelligent Cockpit Division, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. “From idea, to design, to production, through safety and legal, it’s been a total team effort to support our health care workers during this crisis.”

Throughout North America, DENSO is working with local companies, agencies and community members to identify ways in which they can further support the broader fight against COVID-19’s spread. Earlier this month, DENSO donated nearly 2,000 N95 masks to hospitals in Michigan and North Carolina. And this week, DENSO joined a D-Wave project giving health care providers and researchers battling COVID-19 free access to quantum computing systems – high-powered computers that could facilitate medical breakthroughs.

To see all of DENSO’s COVID-19 updates, click here.

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